Ryder Farm is preparing for another exciting week of creativity and art. Get to know the four new artists and their projects as our second season continues!

Ariel Burger—

Ariel Burger is the Director of the Commission on Life and Learning at Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Before coming to CJP in 2008, Ariel completed his PhD in Jewish Philosophy and Conflict Studies at Boston University, where he served as Elie Wiesel’s Teaching Fellow. His dissertation received the University Professors Program Alumni Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation for 2007-2008. He has taught widely and facilitated workshops for religious, business and education leaders. Ariel is an ordained rabbi, an accomplished visual artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries in New York and Boston, and a musician who has performed at Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls. As a resident at SPACE last year he worked on his nonfiction book Surprising God.

This year, Ariel Burger will continue to develop a graphic novel for adults exploring themes of personal myth, memory and illusion and how we may reclaim exiled parts of ourselves.

Kelly Goeller & Jason Shelton—

Kelly is a stop-motion animator and installation artist working in Brooklyn.  As a founder of //kneeon, a Brooklyn-based animation company, she has directed, designed, and built sets for several stop-motion commercials and music videos.  But her passion lies in public installation art; she has received major press recognition for her street art series “Pixel Pour,” and has many more street art projects in the works.

Jason is a theatre and film actor, as well an insanely talented painter and set designer for theatre.  Jason’s film credits include speaking roles in We Need to Talk about Kevin, and Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Cohen Brothers film.

Kelly and Jason will be using the farm to construct the first piece in a series of “sustainable illustration installations.  This series is motivated by two concepts: taking 2D illustration and standing it upright in a 3D space, and creating unnatural geometry from natural materials. 

Joshua Harmon—

Joshua Elias Harmon is a playwright whose work includes A Boy Named Alice, Bad Jews, Love in the Time of Channukah and a new adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel Therese Raquin.  His work has been produced and developed by Roundabout, Hangar Theatre, Ars Nova, Prospect Theater Company and Actor’s Express, where he was the 2010-11 National New Play Network Playwright-in-Residence. Other honors include fellowships from MacDowell, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Eudora Welty Foundation, the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting (2nd Place) and a Kennedy Center fellowship to the O’Neill Playwrights Conference.  Joshua has taught playwriting at Actor’s Express, Carnegie Mellon and Horizon Theatre. Education: Northwestern (BA), Carnegie Mellon (MFA)

Joshua Harmon hopes to spend this time at SPACE to develop a play he intends to finish within the year.